Here it is, the 2016 geek dad buying guide. This will be continually updated as I come across more cool stuff that will ensure your kids have fun and learn something at the same time!
- Piper – Build your own computer and use Minecraft to craft virtual and physical gadgets.
- Raspberry Pi 3 – Want to build your own media center PC? Run a Minecraft server? Learn how to program and prototype electronics? Learn Linux? The Raspberry Pi 3 is the way to go.
- Tynker – Teach your kids how to code by making Minecraft mods and more.
Electronics / Engineering
- Littlebits – Build electronics and circuits without all the wires, breadboards and soldering. Just snap them together and turn them on!
- Snap Circuits – Build and learn about electronic circuits by snapping pieces together.
- Lego Mindstorms – Legos + Robotics + Programming = Amazeballs!
- Arduino Uno – Want to teach your kids how to program and create electronic circuits, control motors, manipulate servos and more? This is the kit for you!
- The Solar System for Preschoolers – It’s never too early to teach your kids about the planets and reminisce about the good old days when Pluto was one of them.
- The Motorized Solar System – Watch the planets rotate and orbit in style!
- Lego Bucket Wheel Excavator – Possibly the most amazing Lego Technics set ever. It will require mom or dad to work with the kids to get it done but it will be well worth it.
- Periodic Table Building Blocks – Build the elements up and tear them back down.
- A 3D Printer – Sure they aren’t cheap but if you want to create things and make your own toys, etc. a 3D printer will be an awesome addition to your gadget collection.
- The Calculator Teething Toy – Now your infant can learn their numbers and get their teeth in at the same time!
- The New Way Things Work – Possibly the most amazing book about how all of the things around you work everyday. This is one of my favorites and I still have a copy even as an adult.
- Qwirkle – A great family game that requires strategy and a little luck. It is a staple around our house during the holidays when family is visiting.